Art Shop Gallery
202 W. Pioneer Ave.
Collages by Guitta Corey
5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception
Artist Guitta Corey shows her new work.
Bunnell Street Arts Center
106 W. Bunnell Ave.
Shaping Alaska, art by Sarah Beatty, John Hagen, Jessica Pena and Nathan Shafer
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk
May’s First Friday includes one of the livelier openings, when the students of Paul Banks Elementary School hold their annual Art Extravaganza. These young artists take their work seriously, and have even written artists statements. The event includes refreshments, live music and a silent auction of donated art.
Earlier this month for First Friday, visual artists had their moment with receptions honoring their work for the annual Jubilee arts celebration. Art work for students in grades kindergarten through high school remains on exhibit at the Homer Council on the Arts, the Pratt Museum and in the South Peninsula Hospital’s gallery on the main floor.
“Circle Hook,” the latest in city 1-percent-for art projects, was installed last week along a new trail at the intersection of Fish Dock Road and the Homer Spit Road. Designed by Moose Run Metalsmiths, the sculpture was fabricated by Bay Welding Services, both Homer businesses. Standing at 13-feet tall, the sculpture is purported to be “the largest fishing hook sculpture in the galaxy,” Public Works Director Carey Meyer said in a press release.
“Backing Out of Time,” a film about Baby Boomers caring for parents with Alzheimer’s, shows at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Homer Theatre. A suggested donation of $5 supports the new Alzheimer’s unit at Homer Senior Citizens. Directed by Anchorage filmmaker Mary Katzke, the film follows the lives over three years of people caring for their elderly parents.
Louisiana-bred group The Revelers performs as part of its Alaska tour next week at 8 p.m. April 30 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The band includes Blake Miller, Chas Justus and Daniel Coolik. Bill Bentley of the Morton Report described The Revelers as a band “that reveres the past and is unafraid about dragging it into the future … musicians who aren’t afraid of mixing up accordion, fiddles, saxophones and guitars.”
Pier One Theatre invites actors to try out this weekend for David Mamet’s 1984 play, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” to be performed this summer at dates to be set. Directed by Peter Sheppard, auditions are 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Mariner Theatre. There are five major characters and two minor characters with regards to dialogue. The cast is all male, but that can change pending audition turnouts. The script includes mature language throughout.
It is common knowledge that people bond over the shared experiences of grief, loss and love, but the language that poet Linda Martin uses to write her narrative prose about these things is startling and refreshing.
“I always know that a poem is good if it makes my husband cry,” said Martin of her work.
For Mellisa Nill, participating in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is all about the personal connection with both fellow players and like-minded music lovers in the audience.
“When the audience enjoys the music so much that they cheer before they clap, that really drives us as musicians to play harder and better. Just knowing that they are enjoying it makes us enjoy it all the more,” she says.
With the advent of spring comes the return of many beloved Homer staples: warmer temperatures, an increase in population and this year, the reoccurrence of the spring Cabaret.
Now in its second year, this spring’s edition boasts an ensemble of 13 vocal performers, a four-member live band, and a directorial team composed of three Homer High School alumnae: Katelyn Wythe, Hannah Heimbuch and Jennifer Norton.
The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society holds its 42nd annual meeting in Homer Nov. 2-6 and seeks art for the program cover. The theme of the meeting is “Alaska Fisheries at a Crossroads: Past Lessons for Future Sustainability.” The artwork should address the meeting theme or be fisheries-related, including shellfish. The work must be 11-inches-by-16 inches or smaller.
Homer writer and filmmaker Jean Aspen signs her book, “Arctic Daughter,” from 4-6 p.m. April 15 at the Homer Bookstore. The daughter of Arctic explorer Constance Hendricks, Aspen wrote “Arctic Daughter” after an adventure when she was 22 and journeyed down the Yukon River to build a cabin and live off the land. Now in her 60s, Aspen has updated her book for a new edition published by Alaska Northwest Books.
Writer Lee Ann Roripaugh visits Bunnell Street Arts Center for a residency later this month. At 6 p.m. April 15 she does a reading at Bunnell. From 7 to 9 p.m. April 22 and April 29 she does two workshops, with a 6 p.m. potluck each night, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. A $10 donation to Bunnell Street Arts Center for each workshop is appreciated.
Abigail Kokai is a story teller. But this talented artist from Ohio does not use pen or paper as her medium. Rather, she sews intricate quilts that capture her characters and memories with fabric and thread.
On April’s First Friday, Bunnell Street Arts Center unveiled its latest exhibit, a collection of quilts and patchwork by Kokai, 32. She explained how these tactile illustrations each tell a story.
Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy is one of 10 Alaska artists selected by the Chugach National Forest and the Alaska State Council on the Arts to create ornaments for the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.
Early registration is going on now for the 2015 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to be held June 12-16 at Land’s End Resort. Sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kachemak Bay Campus, this year’s keynote presenter is National Book award finalist and novelist Andre Dubus III.
The Homer Council on the Arts’ Spring Cabaret is 8 p.m. April 17 and 18 at Wasabi’s Fusion. Created and directed by Hannah Heimbuch, Jennifer Norton, Katelyn Wythe and friends, the show features traditional and contemporary songs in grand cabaret style with a live band.
Tickets are $18 HCOA members and $25 general admission at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore, and includes a 15-percent discount on a pre-show dinner entrée. Proceeds support this summer’s HomerARTS Camp for kids. A drawing is held each night for free tickets to The Second City on May 1 at the Mariner Theatre.
Now that spring has arrived, it’s not just crocuses popping up around town. New venues also appear this month for First Friday shows, including a twist on the usual opening. At the Homer Elks Lodge, the artist becomes the show when painter Dan Coe does a four-hour stint on the back porch making an original work of art on a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of plywood.
“It will be more a performance piece than a finished painting,” Coe said.
Alaska State Parks seeks artists to apply for its first-ever Artist-In-Residence Program to be held this June-August at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park and cabin, 25 miles north of Juneau.
The program encourages artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also will offer visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes and ears of contributing artists. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to stay for up to two weeks at the historic cabin.
Martin Zeller holds a 5-hour improvisational theater workshop from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 18 in the Art Barn behind 1060 East End Road. The class introduces, explores and expands the skills of improvised theater. Through exercises and games, participants will learn to play with and experience the basic elements of theater improv, including spontaneity, listening, scene development, finding the game, playing it and story building.